Bern Riddle 27: De papiro


Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
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Original text:
Amnibus delector molli sub cespite cretus
Et producta levi natus columna viresco.
Vestibus sub meis non queo cernere solem;
Aliena tectus possum producere lumen.
Filius profundi dum fior lucis amicus,
Sic quae vitam dedit mater, et lumina tollit.
Grown up in soft grasses, streams make me happy,
And once born, I grow as a fast, verdant stem.
Under my clothing, I cannot see the sun;
covered by another, I can give out a light.
When I, a son of the depths, am turned into a friend of light,
my mother, who gave life, takes away the light.
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Papyrus plant


This edition is based on Karl Strecker, ed., Poetae Latini aevi Carolini, Vol. 4.2 (Berlin, MGH/Weidmann, 1923), page 746.

Line 1 follows the preferred reading in Fr. Glorie, ed., Variae collectiones aenigmatum Merovingicae aetatis, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 133A (Turnhout: Brepols, 1968), page 573.

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